What are the stages of gall bladder cancer?

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Staging means finding out how big the cancer is and if it has spread to other parts of your body. Staging will help your doctor to plan the best treatment for you.

The staging system normally used in gall bladder cancer is called TNM. This stands for:

  • Tumour (T): How big is the tumour
  • Node (N): Is there cancer in your lymph nodes?
  • Metastasis (M): Has the cancer has spread to other parts of your body?

Your doctor often uses this information to give your cancer a number stage – from 1 to 4.

A higher number, such as stage 4, means a more advanced cancer. Some stages are further divided into stage A and B. 

Staging can be hard to understand, so ask your doctor and nurse for more information if you need it.

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